- Jan 2016
- Victoria, Canada
* An interesting, if only tangentially related note is that the use of flying buttresses and lancet arches was pioneered on Cyprus in the 6th and 7th centuries, and may, as transmitted through the accounts of pilgrims, have proved a crucial influence on the development of Gothic Architecture in 12th century Western Europe -- see this article.
Also, why did the Byzantines fail to negotiate a union with Trebizond after the Latins were kicked out of Constantinople?
Despite all this, Michael did manage to get the Emperors at Trebizond to change their title to "Emperor and Autokrator of all the East, of the Iberians [i.e. Laz/Georgians] and of Perateia [Roman Crimea]", leaving him as the sole, unquestioned Emperor of the Romans, and Andronikos III would, later, manage to get his candidate on the Trapezuntine throne, but by then the situation had deteriorated far too much in Western Anatolia for political union to be on the table.
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